BUCKHANNON — A French Creek resident is facing felony charges following an incident on Saturday, December 29. Joshua David Casada, age 37, is currently held on a $25,000 cash only bond and lodged at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail awaiting arraignment.
According to court documentation, Deputy Tyler Chidester came upon a green Subaru driving on the Bill Grose Road with a broken brake light. Upon initiating an attempt to pull over the vehicle, the vehicle accelerated rapidly. The driver of the Subaru, later identified as Casada, led Deputy Chidester on a high-speed pursuit that continued onto Gould Road, Route 20, Alton Road and Grand Camp Road. The pursuit ended when the defendant crashed the vehicle into a tree on Grand Camp Road. Casada sustained minor injuries from the accident and received treatment from St. Joseph’s Hospital before being released into custody.
At the time the chase, the defendant had a Circuit Court capias warrant for his arrest. Casada is now facing new charges of felony fleeing with reckless indifference for the safety of others, fleeing while under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to deliver.
The defendant was found in possession of approximately 19 grams of methamphetamine packaged in multiple baggies, multiple needles and other drug paraphernalia.
Assisting Deputy Chidester were West Virginia State Trooper F. Turansky, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Coffman, Adrian Volunteer Fire Department and the Upshur County EMS.